224 posts & counting…

21
Jun
2015

aveiro: architecture

Portugal, Aveiro, architecture

Since I work as a tour guide, when I go somewhere new I adopt a very different philosophy: little research before arrival, explore on foot once there, then investigate online at night. This method works well since I’m often several days in one spot. My kind of travel. So as I walked from the train station to my hotel along the main avenue, the architecture of Aveiro turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

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20
Jun
2015

aveiro: azulejos

For years I’d read that Aveiro had fantastic tile work. But when to visit?

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04
Jun
2015

portugal: how to eat sardinhas

Portugal, sardinhas assadas, grelhadas, before, after, antes, depois

For years I joked about making a video on how to eat grilled sardines… now I’ve been convinced to do one. Sardinhas assadas or grelhadas are a Portuguese staple, in season from the end of May to the end of October. Make no mistake; these are fresh, not canned. And because their season coincides with summer as well as Lisboa’s biggest party—the feast day of Santo António—just the smell of these yummy fish on the grill conjures up all kinds of great memories.

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19
Apr
2015

lisboa: galerias romanas

Portugal, Lisboa, Lisbon, Baixa, galerias romanas

After years of coming to Lisboa, at long last I’ve been able to see what I consider one of the city’s “holy grail” sites: Roman galleries buried underneath the modern-day Baixa. They are so difficult to visit because since the 1980s, the city government only opens them once or twice per year.

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05
Apr
2015

spain: guidebook research 2015

Spain, Andalucía, Pueblos Blancos, Zahara de la Sierra, guidebook research, Rick Steves, 2015

Ever wonder what it’s like to update a travel guidebook? After writing about last year’s Portugal research, I thought I’d do the same this year during a whirlwind 3 weeks through southern Spain. Compiled below are the brief, daily Facebook updates I posted while on the road. Let’s roll!

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27
Dec
2014

personal: 2014 in review

2013 by day

Welcome to the fifth edition of my year in review. I write this for personal reasons, but you’re welcome to revisit the past year with me ;-) I’ll go out on a limb & say it. 2014 turned out to be one of the best years ever, in every regard except a major one. Let’s focus on the positive for now, shall we?

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